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Hagel Defends Secrecy Attending Bergdahl Rescue

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June 11, 2014 AT 6:43 AM
Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress Wednesday that officials of Qatar negotiating the release of captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told the U.S. that "time was not on our side" and a leak about the exchange would sabotage the deal. Hagel testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the decision to transfer five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees into Qatar's hands in exchange for Bergdahl was a tough call for President Barack Obama. He called the five "enemy belligerents" who had not been implicated in any attacks against the U.S.